If you’ve ever implemented software, you’ve likely come up with a few rules to follow. I mean, of course, you have. You can’t possibly aim to learn the same lesson over and over again. One rule that I try to follow on every implementation is an easy one to remember.
Rule #6: Don’t be an asshole.
In the book “The Art of Possibility” by Rosamund Stone Zander and Ben Zander, they paint a picture of how to get out of your own damn way and lean towards possibility. In one chapter, Rule Number 6 – the point is, “Don’t take yourself so g–damn seriously.” Note: I translated that rule to “Don’t be an asshole” to keep with my edgy, hipster persona.
The point is that you are bringing change to people that are all in different places with change. Some people may be anxious or unwilling to participate because it’s utterly terrifying. Others may be in the middle, uncertain one way or the other. And even others may jump at the chance to try something, anything new.
Try to treat everyone respectfully, as humans, and lighten up! Make the experience as fun as you can. Just as people most often leave their jobs because of the bosses they endure, people can choose to stay in a project based on the influence, positive or negative, of the lead Change implementer. You can decide to make this about power and control, or you can use an implementation that focuses community building and steeped in generosity and support. I hope you choose the latter. More importantly, the people that are going to struggle with the change will appreciate it too.
References and Resources
Ben & Rosamund Zander – The Art of Possibility: For more on Rule Number 6 – I highly recommend the book “The Art of Possibility” – especially in the Audiobook form.